Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme of the hit BBC drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She grew up in rural Western Australia but always longed for the soulful roots that are embedded in southern America. Aretha Franklin, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris are only a few of her diverse range of musical influences. Her travels in pursuit of this musical style brought her to England, where she released a succession of critically acclaimed albums with her former band The Red Clay Halo. She also released some music under the name of her side-project, Vena Portae and country folk trio Applewood Road with Amy Speace and Amber Rubarth. It goes without saying, then, that Emily Barker’s talents are seemingly endless.
For her UK tour, Emily Barker joins the ranks of “the Band Room Greats” with her fifth show at the Low Mill Wooden Shed, on the North York Moors near Farndale on 11th November. The dramatic setting will serve only to highlight the beautiful, unparalleled composition that comprises Emily Barker’s music. And, she has brought her best team with her to aid her on this journey; bringing together a band of some of the best young musicians in the UK – Pete Roe (keys, guitar, vocals), Lukas Drinkwater (bass, vocals) and Rob Pemberton (drums, vocals). Pete Roe will also play a solo to open the set.
Her new solo album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter). From country-soul ballads to the unfettered joy of the bluesy ‘Sunrise’, the album has been lauded as Barker’s best yet and features contributions from some of Memphis’ finest musicians.
Emily performed in Yorkshire on 10th November at The Wardrobe in Leeds, and tonight she steals the stage at The Wooden Shed, where tickets cost £15.